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Parashat Behaalotecha: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: We are the Lamps of the Lampstand [2019] This week the Torah reading (in Israel) is from the portion called Behaalotecha (“When You Set Up”). It is from Numbers 8:1-12:16, and the reading portion from the prophets is from Zechariah 2:14-4:7, and we read in our congregation from the New Covenant from Hebrews 4:14-16, and Revelation…

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Parashat Naso: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: The Importance the Aaronic Blessing [2018] The Torah reading of this Shabbat is going to be Naso. This Parasha ends with what is called the Aaronic blessing (Numbers 6:22-27): “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to…

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The Marranos: A Forgotten Treasure Being Discovered Today

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Introduction to the Marranos Recollections of a First Trip among the Marranos of Portugal Political and Religious Factors in the Spanish Inquisition Birds, Lions, and Elephants: Memories of a Secret Past in Trás-os-Montes, Portugal Traditions and Customs of the Marranos from Minas Gerais, Brazil The Phenomena of the Marranos in Brazil Marranos from Portugal and Spain Next Year in Jerusalem: A Call for the Marranos to Come Home Introduction to the Marranos The Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions began in the 15th Century and continued until the mid-1800s, as hundreds of thousands of Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism and…

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Parashat Bamidbar: The One Thing People are Willing to Die for

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read Parashat Bamidbar. The name of the weekly Torah portion is determined by the first word that appears in it, so too is the name of the five books of the Torah. The name is determined merely by the first word appearing in it, and not necessarily according to the content. The Hebrew name, Bamidbar, means “in the desert”: “The Lord spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting in the Desert of Sinai…” – Numbers 1:1 [NIV] The English name for it…

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Parashat Bechukotai: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: “If” is a Powerful Word [2018] This week the reading in the Synagogue is Bechukotai – (In My Statutes) from Leviticus 26:3-27:34. The first word in this important Torah portion is “if”. This word is small and humble. However, it is one of the most important words in any language. It is a word that demands…

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Parashat Behar: We Have the Power to Change Torah

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week, we study Parashat Behar. It talks about of the sabbatical year, the year of Jubilee, and the redemption of land – the return of all real estate to their original owners. Further, it discusses the notion of ​​helping others and lending money. According to our portion, a loan is supposed to be free of interest, in order to help your neighbor get back on his feet. Likewise, it mentions that if someone is in a difficult situation, he can sell himself as a slave. Therefore, our parasha also teaches us about the…

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Parashat Emor: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: “Let Us Therefore Keep the Feast” [2019] The Torah portion that will be read on Shabbat is Emor, Leviticus 21:1 – 24:21, and from the prophets, Ezekiel 44:15-31. From the New Testament our reading will be from Luke 5:9-6:49. The Emor portion of the Torah has some very interesting concepts that I would like to mention,…

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Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Note: This is a double Torah portion. To learn more about double Torah portions, read here. Joseph Shulam: The Issue of Atonement [2019] The reading for this next Shabbat is from Leviticus chapter 16:1 – 18:30, and from the prophets from 1 Samuel 20:18-42. From the New Testament we read from Matthew 15:10-20. The reading of Leviticus chapter…

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Parashat Tazria-Metzora: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Note: This is a double Torah portion. To learn more about double Torah portions, read here. Joseph Shulam: A Reminder of Our Need for Purity [2019] The reading this Shabbat is from Leviticus chapter 14:1-15:37. It is a short parashah with essentially one topic, the laws of purity. Now, the issue of purity is not so popular in…

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Parashat Shemini: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: God is Not to be Treated Casually [2019] The Torah portion this next Shabbat is called “Shemini” (the eighth day). The reading starts in Leviticus 9:1 and ends in Leviticus 11:47. The Haftarah (the reading from the prophets) comes from 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17. We read from the New Testament from Mark 14:1-72, and Acts 10:9-22, 34-35.…

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Parashat Vayikra: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: A Gift of Sacrificial Love [2019] The reading of this next Shabbat is actually what I read in my Bar Mitzvah. I had my Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem, in the synagogue near my home in the south side of Jerusalem. We lived on Bethlehem Road and the synagogue was just a little distance from my home…

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Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: Following the Cloud by Day and the Pillar of Fire by Night [2019] The highest value of Western civilization in these years of the 21st century is freedom! Freedom of everything that puts a demand on you! This is one reason that today couples move to live together long before marriage. They want to have a…

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Parashat Ki Tisa: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: God’s Statement of Our Equality [2019] This week’s reading of the Torah is from Exodus 31:11 – 34:35. The reading has many important issues that are relevant to what we need today. One thing that is really interesting to me is the need of absolute equality. “The Lord said to Moses, ‘When you take the census…

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Parashat Tetzaveh: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: The Uniqueness of the Priestly Calling and Its Relationship With the Messiah [2019] This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Tetzaveh (in Hebrew, “you command”). The reading starts in Exodus 27:20 and ends in Exodus 30:10. There are a few unique and interesting things about this reading of the Torah. Moses is not mentioned in this portion…

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Parashat Terumah: Various Teachings From Netivyah Staff

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In our desire to provide you with the teaching of Messiah Yeshua in a Jewish context, we provide in-depth teachings of the weekly Torah portions throughout the year. Below are various perspectives from various teachers and staff members from Netivyah Bible Instruction ministry. Joseph Shulam: The True Meaning of Contribution [2019] The Torah Portion for this next Sabbath is named Terumah (which means contribution or donation) from Exodus 25:1 – 27:19. The reading from the prophets is from 1 Kings 4:26 – 6:13, and from the Gospel we will read Mark 12:35-44. The very opening of this reading is already a…

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Hanukkah 2018: No One Can Take Away Your Light

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 Happy holidays! We say “happy Hanukkah,” but the background of this holiday is rather sad and difficult. Our enemies tried to hurt us, to destroy our identity, to break us, to desecrate our holy Temple, but they failed. So we are here to celebrate our existence, the continuity of our identity, and to declare and educate the next generation. You Can Take Everything from a Man Except His Spirit What does Hanukkah symbolize? What is the meaning of this holiday? Everything can be taken from a person, you can take his house, fire him from work, hit his car,…

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The Significance of Yom Kippur: Why We Fast and Pray on the Day of Atonement

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Joseph Shulam. Why We Remember Yom Kippur Yom Kippur is a world-wide phenomenon and is especially prevalent in Jerusalem and all of Israel. 70% of the entire nation participates in this special appointed time by fasting. In addition, more than 50% go to some type of house of worship or synagogue. This holiday is also described and highlighted in the Torah, in the Prophets, and in the New Testament, thus emphasizing its vast importance. It is Our Duty to Observe the Day of Atonement The main purpose of…

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Parashat Nitzavim: The Hidden Torah and the Visible Torah

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we study Parashat Nitzavim, which is a rather short portion. In fact, all the upcoming weekly Torah portions are concise, however, the excitement builds up towards the completion and the restarting of the weekly Torah reading cycle. We, together with all the people of Israel, are excited because the holidays of Tishrei are coming up. We are just about to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, which is the first of the appointed times. The Personal Aspect of the Covenant   In Parashat Nitzavim, Moses declared…

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Parashat Ki Tavo: We are Required to Rejoice

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Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. Shabbat Shalom. Our parasha opens with the commandment of the firstfruits. This commandment of bringing the firstfruits expresses, perhaps more than any other commandment, the connection of the Jewish people to their land, to the Land of Israel. The Importance of Firstfruits At the beginning of our parasha we are commanded to offer the firstfruits, the commandment consists of four main components: Bringing the firstfruits – the act of bringing your firstfruits to God. The speech that the giver of firstfruits must make. Bowing to God…

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Parashat Ki Teitzei: The Purpose of the Commandments

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Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. Shabbat Shalom. This parasha begins with a beautiful captive who becomes the wife of the captor, and ends with the command to erase Amalek. In the middle of the parasha, there is mention of the relationship between a man and his two wives, their sons, and the division of their communal property. This parasha speaks of “hashavat aveidah” (“returning lost objects”), “tza’ar ba’alei chayim” (“the ban on causing animals unnecessary suffering”), “s’char va’onesh” (“reward and punishment”), and many other commandments, some of which are simple and…

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